Property Taxes

Soft Appeals

Taxpayers can appeal their property taxes by filing this Soft Appeal Form between February 1- May 30, 2024. You can review your current tax status by doing a PIN Seach on the Will County Assessments website.

Taxpayers may have legitimate complaints if you can support the following:

  • The assessor’s estimated market value is higher than current market value. (This claim can be supported if you have recently purchased your property on the open market with a valid sale or if you supply a professional appraisal for tax purposes.)
  • The assessment of the property is based on inaccurate information, such as an incorrect measurement of a building or improvements which have been removed.
  • The assessment is higher than those of similar house style, age, and size in your neighborhood, with the same amenities.

Evidence submitted with the soft appeal should include the following:

  • Recent Sale: Closing papers
  • Based on appraisal: Full Appraisal for Market Value purposes (not for Re-fi purposes)
  • Based on Comparable Sales: 3 valid sales from your neighborhood of like properties. For example, if you are a 2 story home, the sale has to be of a 2 story home. Sales of unlike properties are not good indicators of Market Value.
  • Based on Equity: 3 equity comparables from your neighborhood. For example, if you are a 2 story home, the comparables have to be of 2 story homes that are similar. It is good to stay within 500 square feet of your home. Amenities like covered decks/patios, enclosed porches, out buildings, and in ground pools are all assessable and make a difference in the assessed value.

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Senior Exemptions

Homestead Exemption

An annual homestead exemption is granted for property that is occupied as a residence by a person 65 years of age or older who is liable for paying real estate taxes on the property and is an owner of record of the property or has a legal or equitable interest. A person who will be 65 years of age during the current assessment year shall be eligible to apply for the homestead exemption during that assessment year. Application shall be made during the application period in effect for the county of his residence.

For taxable years 2013 and thereafter, the maximum reduction is $5,000 in all counties. To file for a Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption you will need:

1. Copy of Birth Certificate, Illinois Driver’s License, or Illinois TH

2. Copy of current Tax Bill or P.I.N. (property index number)

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Assessment Freeze

This exemption freezes the assessment on your property if your total household income is $65,000 or less for 2022, and you are applying for 2023. The form will be on this website under forms and documents in late spring. We are allowed to go back one year and the 2022 form is on the website now. This exemption may be claimed in addition to those described above. This exemption freezes your assessment but does not freeze your tax rate; you need to understand that the actual taxes which you pay may continue to increase based upon the amounts levied by the taxing bodies where you reside (school, park, village or city, township, etc.). The filing deadlines for this exemption is usually July 1 of each year. To receive this exemption you must:

  • Have fulfilled a property residency requirement as explained on the application form.
  • Be age 65 or older.
  • Have a maximum household income of $65,000. This household income includes that of all persons using the property as their principal dwelling place on January 1 of the tax year.
  • Please note that this exemption is income based and therefore, must be renewed annually. The Supervisor of Assessments for the County mails applications to all taxpayers receiving the Senior Freeze Exemption the previous year.

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For more detailed information or other exemptions, please visit the Homer Township Assessor’s Office.